Monday – Sweat Pants/Pajama Day
Tuesday – Hat Day
Wednesday – Hawaiian Day
Thursday – Jersey Day
Friday – Blue & White Day
REMINDER-CHAMBER CHOIR AUDITIONS! Hello choir friends!
This year, we are planning on bringing back the idea of putting together a chamber choir that is open to all choir members to audition. We are looking for 4-5 new people per voice part that are interested and will be dedicated to the group. There will soon be a sign up sheet on the cabinets for auditions.
Auditions are on Monday, September 29th after school in the choir room. In this unique audition process, you will be given a number at the audition and the four judges/section leaders (Megan Amrhein, Shayna Bradfield, Quinn Kendra and Nick Garvey) will be sitting behind a barrier of some sort and will not be able to see your face during your audition. This creates an anonymous audition that is judged solely off your voice. The audition selection is the ending Amen section from The Lord Bless You and Keep You (also the Singers audition selection).
Rehearsals for chamber choir will begin the Friday after auditions from 3:00-3:45and will be every Friday after that from 3:00-3:45 as well. Thanks, hope to see you audition!
REMINDER-THIS TUESDAY!! The once annual Choir Parent Meeting (MSCA-Mona Shores Choir Association) will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7 pm in the MSHS Performing Arts Center (auditorium).
CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND! The musical “Working” is at the Beardsley Theater in downtown Muskegon soon! REMAINING SHOW RUN: September 25, 26, 27, 28, and October 2, 3, 4, 2014. CURTAIN TIMES: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 3:00 PM. Kendyl White and Kim Sorenson are two Shores Choir Alumni in the cast.
REMINDER!! Make sure you have all contacted each other asap because the show is coming up on October 3rd. Make sure to get to the dance room at 6:15pm SHARP on that night!
COUPON BOOK ORDERS DUE THIS WEDNESDAY: Our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale is underway, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book on Wednesday, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($20 per book).
All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due back on Wednesday, September 24th. Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir
There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $20 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.
NEW!! **ADDITIONALLY – you can promote the sale of books all over the country. If you have interested family/friends located far away, direct them here to click on their state/area and read about some of the merchants HERE!
Below is a very small sampling/example of some of the expenses we incur each school year. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds. As the times have grown more challenging, our choir budget from the district continues to get cut. We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.
Sample Budgetary Expenses-Mona Shores Choir
Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96
Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200
Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95
Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764
Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61
Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15
Pop Program Printing $1,170.30
Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350
Poster design-Allegros musical -$125
Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84
Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211
Truck Rental Gas to pick up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)
Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)
Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03
Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00
Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20
Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607
Wireless microphone rental, Fame $700
These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!
We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:
A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative)
A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)
Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold
(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)
NOTE: You can also order books for states/cities throughout the USA. So, if you want to sell a book to someone out of town that they can use in their area, you will just need to pick up an extra sheet from me!
Thanks for your support!